Lemongrass is often finely chopped or pounded in order to break down the tough stalks. Once minced or pounded, lemongrass can be added to marinades or grilled meats for a touch of sweet citrusy flavor or used to brighten curry pastes and simple sauces. Powdered lemongrass works here too.
How do you use lemongrass leaves?
Fresh or dried lemongrass can be steeped or boiled to make an herbal infusion or decoction. You can chop the fresh leaves or simply break up dried leaves. Generally speaking, about one teaspoon of lemongrass leaves per cup of boiling water is a good ratio. Lemongrass is also an ingredient in many herbal tea blends.
How do you eat lemongrass?
You can use lemongrass whole, sliced or pounded to a paste. To use whole, slice off the very bottom of the stalk, and peel off any dried-out layers, then bash the woody top end with a rolling pin to soften, and help release some of the aromatic oils.
What part of fresh lemongrass do you use?
To use lemongrass in marinades, stir-fries, salads, spice rubs, and curry pastes, trim the top and base of the stalks—you want to use only the bottom 4 inches or so. Then peel off any dry or tough outer layers before finely chopping or mincing.
Can I drink lemongrass tea everyday?
The results of a 2015 study suggest that drinking lemongrass tea infusions daily for 30 days can increase hemoglobin concentration, packed cell volume, and red blood cell count in the body.
What goes well with lemongrass?
Lemongrass essential oil blends well with:
- Sweet orange.
- Clary sage.
- Yang ylang.
How long is lemongrass good for?
Store fresh lemongrass in your fridge, loosely wrapped in just-damp paper towels, for a week to ten days. For longer-term storage, the herb freezes beautifully.
How do you cut fresh lemongrass?
To chop lemongrass, cut it into thin rings, or split it lengthwise first before cutting half circles; then go at it with a sharp knife. (Alternatively, whack trimmed lemongrass pieces with a meat mallet or the bottom of a heavy saucepan to break the fibers and make cutting easier.)
Is lemon Grass good for weight loss?
Lemongrass tea is used as a detox tea to kick -start your metabolism and help you lose weight. Even so, most research on lemongrass and weight loss is anecdotal, not scientific. Since lemongrass is a natural diuretic, if you drink enough of it, you’re likely to drop some pounds.